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Thursday, February 03, 2011

More social and other benefits for Hanjin Subic workers

Hanjin Heavy Industries and Construction Co. Ltd. Philippines (HHIC-Phil) the largest ship-builder in Asia informs the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Regional Office 3 about the social and other benefit packages for its 21,000 workforce.

In a recent meeting involving representatives from Hanjin and the DOLE Regional Office 3, represented by new regional director Labor Attache Leopoldo De Jesus, Hanjin presented some of the current and future benefit packages set for its employees.

Free Transportation
HHIC – Phil contracted 150 shuttle buses, 50 jeepneys, and three bancas (boats). Moreover, it is operating two RORO (roll in, roll out) vessels for employees who commute from the city of Olongapo and provides buses which partner with RORO vessels. Transportation costs for all employees, which is about P20,000 a month is shouldered by the company.

Local Housing Projects
If the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) approves the land use conversion filed by the HHIC Phil, the company will be able to provide housing projects which will involve the building of about 1,500 houses in a 30-hectare land situated 19 kilometers from the Hanjin Shipyard in Castillejos, Zambales. This is Hanjin’s response to the needs of shipyard workers which is part of its corporate social responsibility (CSR). Hanjin adds that the land will be provided by the company. With the houses in place, travel time to and from work will be minimized.

Free Food
Hanjin through HACOR Phil, its catering company, also situated in the said shipyard, provides adequate meals for its entire employees, three times a day on a daily basis. This is truly most helpful for employees to bring more “bacon” at home for their families.
Ethical Education for Korean and Foreign Employees
Realizing the importance of the Philippine culture and practices at the workplace, Hanjin provided a series of Ethical Guideline Education for Koreans and foreign nationals who are working with their Filipino counterparts at the office and shipyard. Some of these include: eradication of physical harassment and minimizing cultural differences, special prevention of harassment during orientation time, and other various symposia concerning cultural barriers.

Strengthening the Monitoring of Social Protection
Hanjin assures DOLE that they will closely monitor its sub-contractors in the payment of social protection schemes such as the Social Security System (SSS) and PhilHealth payments of their respective employees. This will assure employees that they will be able to avail of health care services without hassle.

DOLE and Hanjin will work hand in hand in ensuring that the 21,000 workers who are presently employed in the said shipyard and its future employees as well will enjoy these great social benefit packages. (DOLE 3/PIA 3)

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